June 09, 2010

Improvised Gauge Guide

If you look at the photo in yesterday's post, you'll see I drew a few lines on a sticker, which was taken from the edge of a sheet of self-adhesive postage stamps, and I stuck this on the underside of the spindle whorl.

When I want to check my gauge, how thick my strand is compared to how thick I started with, I lay the strand over the lines to measure it. Frees me up from needing to carry a separate tool like a Spinner's Control Card.

The sticker is curling at the edges and the sticky backing sometimes catches the strand as I go which is a bit of a nuisance, but I haven't gotten around to trimming the corners and the way I wind my cop keeps the strand from brushing the sticker much anyway.

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